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3.7
934 Ratings

The Big Blue

Le grand bleu

Directed by Luc Besson
France, Italy, 1988
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving.

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The Big Blue Directed by Luc Besson

Critics reviews

Soup to nuts, Besson’s deep-diving melodrama stresses its own depth—emotional, artistic, oceanic—while ping-ponging between its two lead frenemies: the gooey-eyed dolphin-whisperer Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and the brash, obnoxious, and charismatic Enzo (Jean Reno). With the screenplay torn between these broadly drawn extremes, no longtime Besson watcher should be surprised that the filmmaker is in top form as ringmaster, less so when he’s trying to be a poet.
August 24, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Thomas's rating of the film The Big Blue

    The real gift this film has to offer is the beautifully tight relationship and chemistry between the two leads, established right from the outset. The plot consists of a fairly generic melodrama set to a colourful backdrop of the sundrenched Mediterranean. All this together with some stunninging shot underwater scenes makes it an absorbing, languorous watch.

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film The Big Blue

    JEAN-MARC BARR IS LOVE You go down to the bottom of the sea, where the water isn't even blue anymore, where the sky is only a memory, and you float there, in the silence. And you stay there, and you decide, that you'll die for them. Only then do they start coming out. They come, and they greet you, and they judge the love you have for them. If it's sincere, if it's pure, they'll be with you, and take you away forever

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Big Blue

    Embraced as modern classic at the time, Besson's passion project now seems like folly. While his imagery is characteristically impeccable, from black & white evocations of childhood loss, to peerless underwater sequences & dreamlike ambience, the scattershot narrative is disruptive. It flits without connection between serious psychological study, tale of professional rivalry & goofy romance. All surface, no depth.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film The Big Blue

    The Amorgos island shots of the 'big blue' aside, Besson's cult film is a huge disappointment. Hard to compete with in terms of the laughable acting, its cartoon-type characters do a major injustice to the sport and to the real people whose accomplishments served as an inspiration. A pastiche of critique of society and mysticism it glorifies the ocean but demeans the viewer. Ideological to the core it's a big fiasco.

  • Burcu's rating of the film The Big Blue

    " You go down to the bottom of the sea, where the water isn't even blue anymore, where the sky is only a memory, and you float there, in the silence. And you stay there, and you decide, that you'll die for them. Only then do they start coming out. They come, and they greet you, and they judge the love you have for them. If it's sincere, if it's pure, they'll be with you, and take you away forever. "

  • Egoisms's rating of the film The Big Blue

    A beautiful, tender soap opera. Good pacing, never plodding, swaps between operatic hyperbole to insouciance, humour, romance. A perfect bittersweet ending. Great score. Though its characters are caricatures they're three-dimensional: much is gleaned from a laugh, a shrug, a look.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film The Big Blue

    Film fort controversé lors de sa sortie qui somme toute est plutôt prenant, voire asphyxiant, souffrant hélas de trop de longueur et de lenteur dans son déroulement... www.cinefiches.com

  • Adam GR's rating of the film The Big Blue

    When he came out of the Antarctic ice and walked past her, I was in love. Jean-Marc Barr, such a stoic Pandora's box! Rosanna Arquette falling to her knees at the end and begging the one she loves TWISTED my heart. I was off the couch and crawling toward the screen by the time the credits rolled.

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